Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Norm Ralston and Brie Husted. While Norm had moved back to Ohio he was a familiar face to many in the Adams Morgan community. He bartended for years at Angles and was not only a friendly face but he was a genuine friend. It seems cliche to say but when I was going through tough times of my own – Norm was one of the few constants who always turned my mood around. I think those that knew him will always remember his smile and his laugh which fortunately for those who needed it, came frequently. I can hear it right now.

Norm Ralston courtesy Gunnar Larson

One of Norm’s last Facebook posts over the summer said:

Have you ever had one of those days where the bills are paid, the lawn is mowed and gas in the car. Today is my day off. I’m sitting on my porch, a woman walks by (probably 90) and says you look content, I tell her my day. She says “enjoy, your day you’re allowed to have good days in life”.

You brought so many of us good days Normie. May you be content and at peace.

Brie Husted courtesy ‘Memories of Brie Husted’

Brie I did not know as well. But what I do know is that whenever her name was mentioned the person talking about her always glowed. Brie lived in Petworth and was an incredible architect who’s work can be seen all over town. Most recently Brie was part of the team bringing Timber Pizza to Petworth. To Brie’s friends and family you have my deepest sympathies.

Gallaudet’s Rat FuneralsThe campus of Gallaudet University is littered with graves. The graves of rats. How did they get there?(Closed captioning here:

Posted by Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

“The campus of Gallaudet University is littered with graves. The graves of rats. How did they get there?”


Gone but not forgotten.

From American University:

“Matt Shlonsky loved Washington, DC. Since arriving at American University in 2010, Matt had embraced his adopted city, attending historical events, concerts, and other local activities across the district. After his graduation from the School of International Service in May 2014, Matt elected to remain in Washington, starting a career in business communications and consulting. Matt continued to give back to the School of International Service as a generous volunteer and a donor. Matt was already on his way to a successful career with Deloitte and other exciting pursuits outside of his work.

Our hearts are broken to report that Matt’s future of unlimited possibilities ended tragically on August 15, 2015, when he fell victim to gun violence in Washington. Matt left behind a loving family, many hundreds of loyal friends, and a remarkable legacy of caring and kindness that betrayed his 23 years. (more…)


This is awesome – thanks to a reader for sending:

“You listed an apartment @ 1201 Clifton St NW [$1,875/Mo], for a 2 bedroom, 1bath earlier this week. But check this ad from June 4, 1910 from Washington Times. Same place but the whole house for $7,750 and came with gas or electric lighting.

Also 1211 Clifton St, the home on the far left of the original ad just sold this past Sept, 2015 for $1.4 million. So $7,750 in 1910 – $1.4million in 2015, talk about return in your investment!”

Capital Streetcars cover

John writes:

“Washington’s first streetcars trundled down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Civil War. By the end of the century, streetcar lines crisscrossed the city, expanding it into the suburbs and defining where Washingtonians lived, worked and played. From the quaint early days of small horse-drawn cars to the modern streamliners of the twentieth century, John DeFerrari’s new book, Capital Streetcars, tells the story of the dramatic rise and equally dramatic fall of streetcars in our city. John is the author of two previous books about DC history (Lost Washington, DC. and Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC) and is a frequent contributor to PoPville with articles about DC history from his Streets of Washington blog.”

Tuesday, Oct 6, 6:30pm – Busboys and Poets Brookland

Sunday, Oct 11, 6:00pm – Upshur Street Books

Saturday, Oct 17, Noon – National Capital Trolley Museum

house history
Photo courtesy Humanities Council of Washington, DC

From an email:

“The summer edition of HumanitiesDC’s DC Community Heritage Project House History Day will be held on Saturday, August 15. Two free sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. will give community historians, of any skill or knowledge level, an overview of the myriad of resources available through the collections of the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the DC Public Library Washingtoniana Division. Participants will learn how to research the history of their own homes or any other historical property through sessions on:

▪ Neighborhood Context/DC Digital Museum – Led by Jasper Collier, Curator of Digital Collections, HumanitiesDC

▪ DC Maps – Led by historian and editor of the H-DC listserv Matthew Gilmore

▪ Historic Building Permit Database – Led by historian, author, and tour leader Brian Kraft

▪ Photograph Collections – Led by Anne McDonough, Library and Collections Director, Historical Society of Washington, DC

▪ Online and Microfilm Records – Led by Mark Greek, Collections Coordinator, Special Collections, DCPL Washingtoniana Division

House History Day will be held at The Historical Society of Washington, DC (801 K Street NW, Washington DC 20001).

Registration is required here.”

Mark Avino, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

From a press release:

“The Smithsonian is embarking on a multi-project partnership with Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects. The inaugural project will support conservation of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit at the National Air and Space Museum. The funds also will be used to digitize and exhibit the 46-year-old suit.

The campaign start[ed] July 20, the anniversary of the first walk on the moon in 1969.

Kickstarter has enabled more than 88,000 projects to be funded since it began in 2009. Through the Smithsonian’s partnership, a series of crowdfunded projects will launch on Kickstarter throughout the next year. During this pilot year, the focus will be on artifacts, exhibitions and projects that need funding, giving the public a variety of opportunities to support the Smithsonian based on their own interests. Kickstarter adheres to an all-or-nothing method. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged.”

Ed. Note: As of 2:30pm on Monday they had already raised $54,571!!